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Broncos vs. Chargers: 3 Adjustments Denver Needs to Make in the Second Half

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms-up against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on November 27, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2011

Riding a three-game winning streak going into today's game on the road against a desperate San Diego Chargers team, we knew this was going to be a huge test for Tim Tebow.

And so far in the first half, it has definitely proved to be the case. Tebow had his normal slow start as the Chargers jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but a last-minute drive in the first half by Denver brought the score to 10-7.

Here are three adjustments the Broncos need to make in the second half if they want to give themselves a chance to pull out a victory in San Diego.

 

Contain San Diego's Running Game

This has not been Philip Rivers' season. He's making more mistakes than ever, and Denver's defense has been playing great. The Broncos should make Rivers beat them.

In that vein, the Broncos need to contain Ryan Mathews. If they continue to let him find holes and get to the outside, it's going to give San Diego way more options, shorter third downs and will put Denver at a severe disadvantage on defense.

 

Get Tebow Some Easy Throws

In the first quarter, the only throws Tebow made were either on third down or a long bomb to Eric Decker. Let him get some completable throws early in the downs to find a little rhythm. It will pay off later in the game when he needs to make those more important throws.

 

Throw Some Misdirection in There

The flea-flicker was almost successful, and San Diego seemed to be stuffing the run late in the first half, so it seems like Denver needs to start pulling some more plays out of their little bag of tricks.

This is not going to be a game they are going to win playing it straight up. They're lucky to only be down three going into the second half.

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